STV4445B – EU and the Nation State - Policy Formulation and Implementation

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Course content

Increasingly, public policy results from decision processes that span several levels of governance. The course will highlight the relationship between the EU level and the national level regarding the formulation and implementation of policies.

The added value of this course within the overall study programme is its focus on the ‘multi-levelness’ of institutions, politics and policies.

Learning outcome


You will:

  • be well acquainted with the role of institutions which will be particularly emphasised, and analysed from various theoretical perspectives
  • learn how the European Commission, Union Council and European Parliament actually work and how politics within these key institutions reflects the way they are organised and recruited
  • learn how EU-level executive bodies relate to national governments and how variation as regards the implementation of EU policies is to be explained


You will be able to:

  • analyse decision processes within the multilevel EU system of governance, across policy fields
  • predict and make sense of outcomes, and to possibly influence outcomes by identifying access points to a policy process and by knowing how to structure future processes


You will:

  • develope analytical skills in general
  • be made conscious about the separation between personal attitudes/preferences and knowledge in a contested area


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Apply for guest student status if you are admitted to another Master's programme.

For incoming students

All Master's courses in Political Science must be registered manually by the Department, they will not appear in Studentweb. Contact your international coordinator at UiO.




Literature review and term paper.

The literature review must:

  • be between 2000-2500 words.
  • be on a topic suggested by the lecturers.
  • be handed in midway in the course.

The literature review must be submitted at Inspera.

The term paper must:

The term paper counts more than the literature review. You receive one overall grade. You must pass the term paper and the literature review in the same semester.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


This course is evaluated half way through every semester and every four year the course undergoes a thorough evaluation.

An external auditor regularly evaluates the academic quality of the course and he/she makes a written report every year.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2020

This course is not given on a regular basis


Autumn 2020

This course is not given on a regular basis

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